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Yesterday, Dark Horse made the official announcement that there will be a third Dancy mini-series, to be drawn by Joëlle Jones, with whom I very much look forward to working. The brilliant Greg Ruth is returning as cover artist. Publication of #1 is set at May 20th, 2015. Regular readers here know that I'll be writing the series in September and October. Oh, and there's a teaser image:



So, yes, that's still a long way off. I always feel odd promoting things that have not yet been written.

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Today's homework, kittens: Irony ≠ coincidence.

Irony: An incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs.

Coincidence: A sequence of events that, although random/accidental, appears to have been planned or arranged.

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There's not much to report on the workfront. On Wednesday, I tried to begin a piece called "Wormchild." I worked on it all day, and, in the end, had 308 words to show for my efforts:

Though by the standards of men and women the width and breadth of her memory is al-most incalculable, even she does not recall more than the dimmest suggestions of the one who fathered her. If she tries, and if she tries very hard, she can only just begin to recollect restless, scaly coils that might have held and crushed all the world in their constricting embrace, had he’d so chosen. She only almost recollects needle spines and furnace eyes and jaws that dripped with the blood of fallen angels. But, beyond mere memory, there is what she knows, all the indisputable facts of his existence which are now and always will be branded on the ocean’s soul and in the mind’s eye of even its least inhabitant. Of her mother, she knows nothing whatsoever, and all her questioning as never yet coaxed the sea or the lands beneath the sea to whisper her mother’s name or any hint of who and what she might have been. Perhaps, I’d no need of a mother. Perhaps He had no need of a wife. She has thought these thoughts and has fancied immemorial Father Leviathan as asexual as a sea star, a sponge, or flatworm, spawning his children from fragments of himself broken free during mighty hurricanes. Then each bit would germinate in its own time, borne round about the globe on currents, countercurrents, undercurrents, by thermohaline circulation and tropical upwellings. It is to her a not unpleasant tale, and in certain moods she’s more than willing to let it pass for truth. But, were it true, she would surely have many sisters and brothers, and never in all the ages of her life has she encountered a single one. He gave her no name, and she has never felt the poorer for that. Five hundred million years ago, as the

Yep, I stopped mid-sentence, realizing this was headed nowhere.

Yesterday, I decided I'd write a story about cats in Innsmouth, because, as has been pointed out my editors, I don't write stories about cats. Which may be seen as somewhat peculiar, since cats have always been an important part of my life. I came up with a title, "The Cats of River Street (1925)." I stared at the computer. I got sleepy, and my stomach was giving me fits (thank you, meds), so I went to lie down for a few minutes. I woke up an hour later.

This is how things have been going, as regards work.

Today, I'll try to begin this story. I desperately want to have Sirenia Digest #102 out before the end of July.

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Centipede Press news: The Drowning Girl: A Memoir has gone to press (in Hong Kong)! I don't yet have a release date, but the book is up on the CP homepage. I've also begun work with Centipede Press on a collection of my "mythos" fiction, to be titled Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales. It will be lushly illustrated by divers hands, and I believe it will be published in 2015.

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Today, after two months, I finally reached my treatment dose on the Lamictal, 150 mg. Since early or mid-June, I've seen a dramatic improvement, as regards the mood and general sanity, so it seems to be working. I haven't yet seen much improvement in my ability to concentrate. I've made Kathryn promise to have me committed if I ever again decide to go off my meds.

And really, that's it for today. I have to write. I have to remember that nothing else matters except the writing.

Compared to Some,
Aunt Beast

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setsuled
Jul. 19th, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yep, I stopped mid-sentence, realizing this was headed nowhere.

It seemed like a nice beginning to me but I understand.

as has been pointed out my editors, I don't write stories about cats.

There was the comic about Bast and I feel like--I guess the width and breadth of my memory's not incalculable--I feel like you wrote a homage to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat"? In any case, stories about cats from you is an exciting prospect.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)

There was Bast, and there was also my favorite issue of The Dreaming, "The First Adventure of Miss Catterina Poe" (about Poe's cat). But I'm not counting my comics work.
setsuled
Jul. 19th, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
"The First Adventure of Miss Catterina Poe" (about Poe's cat).

Ah, that's right. I guess it's been twelve or so years since I read it but I do remember it being very good. I should read it again.
sovay
Jul. 19th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
Yesterday, Dark Horse made the official announcement that there will be a third Dancy mini-series, to be drawn by Joëlle Jones, with whom I very much look forward to working.

I saw the news on Facebook, but congratulations here anyway! It deserves more than a "like."

She has thought these thoughts and has fancied immemorial Father Leviathan as asexual as a sea star, a sponge, or flatworm, spawning his children from fragments of himself broken free during mighty hurricanes. Then each bit would germinate in its own time, borne round about the globe on currents, countercurrents, undercurrents, by thermohaline circulation and tropical upwellings.

I like these lines no matter what. But I like the sound of "The Cats of River Street (1925)" as well.

I've also begun work with Centipede Press on a collection of my "mythos" fiction, to be titled Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales.

Oh, that's wonderful news. I am already looking forward to that.

I am glad the Lamictal is working.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)

"The Cats of River Street (1925)" as well.

It's a good title.

Oh, that's wonderful news. I am already looking forward to that.

We've been planning it since sometime last year, when I actually sold the book to CP.
everville340
Jul. 19th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
The teaser image is striking, and there is much excitement for Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales.
martianmooncrab
Jul. 19th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
I don't write stories about cats.

you should ask your Feline Overlord what they want you to do for them..
aarongp
Jul. 19th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
Exciting news from Centipede Press re. both The Drowning Girl and the Mythos collection. I am sure both will be handsome editions.
dipsomaniac
Jul. 21st, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
I love the teaser image for the Dancy min-series. I like the "Wormchild" piece for what it is. I guess it didn't have to go anywhere.
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